Do Not Give What Is Holy To The Dogs
2 Kings 19:9b-36; Matthew 7:6-14
Today’s readings reveal that although the Lord’s teachings are wise and all-good, they may not be for everybody. Jesus teaches us not to “give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under foot and turn and maul you.” While He issued a lot of radical statements like the beatitudes that would alter our style of living, such as “Love your enemies and do good to those who persecute you”, He also warns us against preaching this to people who see the world in material values, and people with money signs in their eyes (opportunists), and selfish and greedy people who only care about themselves. These are people who don’t understand Jesus’ value system. They will mock and ridicule you. Jesus Himself never went out and preached to those who didn’t want to listen.
From this, the way I understand it is when you sense danger and coercion from another person, retract from what you do for it may only lead you to harm (to both of you) than you helping him out. Take, for example, a proud man whose ego is very important to him. What would you think will happen you insist on helping him out in his financial crisis? Misinterpretation and negative vibes, most probably. What started as friendship could become the exact opposite if you persist. In this case you shouldn’t insist in helping him even if your conscience tells you so. He is not capable of understanding the ways of God yet. In God’s time he will, but don’t force the issue, and respect his opinion. Anyway, peace and love is our goal, right? God so loved us that He gave us freewill. We should also give them theirs.
Live the golden rule: “treat others, not as they treat you, but as you would like them to treat you. Do not insist in your way to everybody. Be a loving witness to Christ values and those who live by them. Live your life without comment in their presence. Live life quietly and humbly and not with force. You may be ridiculed behind your back, but what is important is you did your part, and you did what is right.
You may offer help, but if they reject it, then let it be. Just pray for them. God will hear your prayer.